Feb
21

Shameless Plug: Eephus League Scorebook Kickstarter

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I know I’m not usually allowed out of my cage on a Monday, but I thought I oughta drop in a little plug for something that caught my eye. Eephus League, a sort-of-blog (more like a collection of cool graphics and general baseball miscellanea with a side of blogging), has created a baseball scorecard book that I personally think is the most amazing thing around. It is, as they said in the 90’s, the bomb. The shizznit. The cat’s meow. You get the point.

I’ve personally been unable to find a scorecard book that I actually like (I’m about two web shopping trips from printing something out, going to Kinko’s with it, and making my own) and have instead been growing a messy, unwieldy pile of scorecards from baseball programs. This scorebook totally appeals to me, and it should appeal to you too, if you love baseball scorekeeping. It’s a nerd thing, but hey, I’ve spent Saturday nights compiling spreadsheets.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Kickstarter, but the basic gist is is that the owner of a project posts a brief, hand-made video and text synopsis, then says they need X money in Y days. People pledge money to the project. If enough money is pledged, the project goes through. If not enough money is put in before time is up, no money is paid out at all. The more money you donate, the cooler gifts you get (I went for the pins). Sadly, no Paypal allowed.

You should all put in five bucks because baseball scoring is awesome. $15 nets you a scorecard and a feel-good vibe in your gut. Click here for the Kickstarter page.

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  • CT Yanqui

    The Project Scoresheet scorecard from a 1988 Bill James player ratings book is the best I’ve seen, and I’ve been using photocopies of it since that time. It is better than this Eephus one, in my opinion.

    • http://eephusleague.com Bethany

      If you know who Bill James is, the scorebooks aren’t really marketed towards you. There are obviously some very knowledgeable fans who are excited about this, but the goal here is to make something that isn’t going to scare the average fan and is going to pique their interest in scorekeeping. There are plenty of scorebook designs that will cover every possible thing you can document. This is for people who don’t want to go that in-depth.

  • MikeD

    Ah, Ha! I was right. The three weekend writers are plotting a coup, and this is how it begins, by slowing creeping into the weekdays!

    It’s like the Killer B’s taking on the Big Three.

    I suspect Mike, Joe and Ben will mount a counter attack.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 Hannah Ehrlich

      I knew you were going to say that.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    I know I’m not usually allowed out of my cage on a Monday

    Now that’s just crazy hot.

  • limonene

    I use the Bob Carpenter fan scorebook from http://www.bcscorebook.com/index.html and I’ve been happy with it so far. It’s a pretty good size for bringing to games and has a lot of nice features.

    That being said, I’ll be supporting the Eephus League project too. The dimensions look really convenient, and I only wish that it had more pages. If scorekeeping catches on again, maybe I’ll get fewer funny looks every time I’m at the Stadium.